Square Enix Investigating “Major Issue” With Final Fantasy XIV’s New Housing Lottery System

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An issue involving the recently added lottery system regulating the purchase of building land is causing frustration among Final Fantasy XIV players.

The latest Final Fantasy XIV update included the opening of the Empyreum living quarters in Ishgard, and with it, a new lottery system aimed at making buying land relatively fair.

Yet something seems to have gone wrong, as players began reporting lotteries that returned the winner’s name simply as “0”, failing to award a number of plots entirely.

Square Enix responded by posting two separate articles on the official Lodestone website, the second of which was signed directly by producer and director Naoki Yoshida.

The bottom line is that the developers consider this a “major issue” and are currently prioritizing investigation into it.

Unfortunately, since the code involved is complex, it will take some time to identify the exact problem.

Yoshida-san apologized for the inconvenience and asked the players to be patient.

As a result, the lottery results announcement period (which was scheduled to end on April 20) will be extended. In addition to this, the next lottery round will not begin until the issue is identified and resolved.

This has caused some frustration among players, especially since the housing system has been identified by many as a source of friction due to its limited nature that excludes a lot of this content.

Final Fantasy XIV is currently available on PlayStation 4, PS5 and PC. The Endwalker expansion was released a few months ago and you can read our recent review.

You can also read more about the planned longer-term changes, including a graphics refresh.

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